High Speed Chase Ends with Crash In Front of a Church
According to the local authorities, four people have been taken into custody after their involvement in a high speed freeway chase. The chase ultimately led to to a crash in front of a church in Slymar.
According to Todd Cookston who is the California Highway Patrol Officer who chased the car, there was a white Dodge Charger that was stolen. The chase of the stolen Charger started just after one o’clock on Tuesday afternoon. The chase broke out on the 14 Freeway which was near Agua Dulce Canyon Road in the Santa Clarita area. The chase lasted for at least fifteen minutes as they traveled down the southbound 14 and 5 freeways. They eventually made their was into the northeastern San Fernando Valley.
The Charger traveled through the freeway traffic at “extreme speeds”. He managed to go eight miles per hour as he ran through red lights on the surface streets.
Cookston’s Statement about the High Speed Chase:
The vehicle used all four lanes of travel to pass people, including the shoulder, going up to 125 mph.
An aerial video of the chase showed the driver crash into another vehicle at Hubbard Street and Herrick Avenue. There were other vehicles wrecked there.
According to Cookston, there were three people to run from the dodge Charger after the crash. Luckily the three to flee were quickly caught. There were two men and two women who were all in their twenties, and they were taken into custody.
The video also showed that one of the men was shirtless and handcuffed, lying on the sidewalk. It showed another man who was handcuffed to a wheelchair and then taken into an ambulance. There was a woman sitting on the curb and she was also handcuffed.
The crashed caused some debris to scatter across the sidewalk. The Charger actually crashed through a fence. During investigation, the officers found some stolen items inside of the Charger.
There was a man, Ruben Castro, in another vehicle that was hit by the Charger and had to be hospitalized. He had some chest, back, and knee pain.
According to the authorities, Thursday a female pedestrian has died after she was backed over by a trash truck as it was backing up on a street in the Beverly Grove area. According to Officer Sally Madera from the Los Angeles Police Department, the trash truck was traveling in the 8900 block of West Third Street at around eight,thirty in the morning when the incident happened. Commanding Officer from the LAPD's West Traffic Division, Rolando Solano said that the female pedestrian was walking in the roadway at the time that she was hit. The trash truck had backed into the woman.
At first, the authorities weren't sure if the woman was actually walking in the crosswalk at the time that she was backed over. The paramedics from the Los Angeles Fire Department arrived to the scene not long after she was struck and then they pronounced her dead. The street had to be temporarily closed off so that the police could investigate the incident. Officer Salano asked that pedestrians check carefully when they walk into a street, especially in the vicinity of sanitation vehicles aka trash truck.
<p> Bottom line is, if you’re going to cross the street, you want to make sure before you step out into the street, you look both directions, and try to make eye contact with the driver of that vehicle before stepping foot into the street. Always be aware of your surroundings.
According to the city's Department of Public Works statement, a full investigation is underway.
<p> L.A. Sanitation is deeply saddened by the death of a pedestrian involved in an accident with one of our collection truck operators today. Our thoughts are with the family and friends affected by this unfortunate tragedy.
Weekend traffic is almost always horrible, especially before a holiday. Sadly, this weekend was no different and a twenty-one year old's life ended. According to the investigating authorites, a twenty-one year old has died. On Saturday morning the twenty-one year old was driving a sedan and collided with a tractor-trailer, then burst into flames. This was in the Jurupa Valley area. According to a NEWS release from the Riverside County Sheriff's Department, The police say they responded to a report about a collision around 3:15 in the morning. They were called to the intersection of Limonite Avenue and Northbound 15 Freeway on-ramp. The release stated that the California Department of Fire rescue was at the scene, they quickly fought the flames off of the car. The flames started when the sedan had slid under the tractor-trailer.
The driver of the sedan vehicle, was a resident of Pomona. The name has not been released at this time, just that the driver was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. The driver of the tractor-trailer was luckily uninjured. He is a thirty-six year old Adelanto man. There was a preliminary investigation that lead the officers to believe that the sedan car was travelling west on Limonite and that is when it collided with the tractor-trailer. The tractor-trailer was completing a turn from the street onto the freeway. The tractor-trailer had the green traffic arrow when it had started the turn, according to a witnesses who came forth to the police. The police expected to keep the intersection closed at least eight hours so that they could investigate on scene. If anyone has any information about this tragic incident, please call SILENT WITNESS or the Jurupa Valley Police Department's Traffic Division at 951-955-2600.
Daniel A. Gibalevich
Law Offices of Daniel A. Gibalevich